Author: Janine Moore

Meandering along the River Rivelin, South Yorkshire

The Rivelin valley holds hidden beauty and some of the history of Sheffield’s mills. Today the valley is a wonderful area to discover lovely picturesque waterfalls and stepping stones along with a tranquil, laid back atmosphere, a perfect place to meander along and find time to enjoy this enchanting nature trail through the valley. It’s surprising how peaceful it feels to be in the valley and beside the river Rivelin with the main road, the A57 just a stone’s throw away. The Rivelin valley was once a hive of activity, with water powered mills throughout. The Rivelin corn mill was first noted in 1632 but could have dated back to 1600 belonging to the Earls of Shrewsbury and later the Dukes of Norfolk and recorded at the time as the only water powered...

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Damflask Reservoir in the Loxley Valley, South Yorkshire

The day was calm and the skies were a gorgeous shade of blue with just a scattering of clouds as though they were placed there in perfection, the warmth of the sun on our backs as we began our stroll around Damflask reservoir, just heavenly. Sun cream was certainly required on this day, though this is an absolute beaut of a circuit with partial tree coverage over a generous part of the track making it easy in any weather and with a very well-maintained pathway all around it is accessible to all.  The circuit around Damflask reservoir is only...

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Clumber Park, Discovering the Gems

Clumber park is a sprawling, 3,800 acres (15 km²) country park near Worksop in Nottinghamshire. The lake alone covers around 87 acres (352,000 m²) and is a popular circuit for walking, cycling or running. On route as a bonus there’s a coffee stop or an ice-cream along the way, it’s a lovely way to relax. The serpentine lake originally took 15 years to build.   I love a good stroll and I most of all like to explore and have an adventure,  at Clumber park there’s lots to see and do, there’s an enormous expanse of woodland and heathland to ramble through, the beautiful serpentine lake to stroll around to your hearts content and plenty of places to have an adventure, that is why I...

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Biddulph Grange Gardens, Staffordshire – A World of Discovery

A gorgeous setting with a world of discovery through the grade 1 listed Victorian gardens in Staffordshire, there’s lots to explore so be ready for an adventure. The first area we ventured into was the garden shop, there’s a multitude of beautiful plants outside plus some lovely unusual gifts and garden ornaments inside the cabin, they also sell ice-creams so what better way to begin than with an ice-cream! Onwards we go to explore the vast gardens which have themed areas from around the world. We wandered randomly with no particular plan, I feel this is a fun way to...

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The Workhouse – Southwell, Nottinghamshire

The workhouse at Southwell is a humbling place, somewhere to be experienced at least once, I can guarantee you’ll never forget your visit. What an eye opener, from the cradle to the grave through the eyes of a pauper in the workhouse, a time traveling experience if you will. This was our 3rd visit, we first visited in late 2003 when our daughter was 3 ½ years old and youngest son just a year old, the National Trust were still making repairs to the buildings they had only acquired in 1997 but the visit is still a very memorable...

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Deep Filled Steak and Onion or Cheese and Onion Slices

A mouthwatering but easily made pastry slice, deep and meaty or cheesy as you wish. Makes for a great treat at tea time, a mid-week pick me up or a weekend meal, goes perfectly well with stacked chunky homemade chips and side salad or peas. These slices can be prepared in advanced which makes a very useful recipe to have to hand and can be filled as a savoury dish, meaty, vegetarian or indeed sweet. *Makes roughly 6 slices per packet of puff pastry Ingredients *One packet of frozen puff pastry, defrost and use at room temperature. A little...

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